Cranberry Palette

Cranberry Palette

I’m sitting here at the end of New Year’s Day and am smiling when I think of 2017.  I was blessed with so many wonderful clients.  Brides, looking forward to their upcoming wedding day, spouses planning detailed surprise birthday parties for their significant other, and parents anticipating the birth or birthday of their special ‘littles’.  So much to be thankful for, in both business and relationships.  May you all be incredibly blessed in 2018 and find new ways to share those blessings with those around you!

And speaking of weddings, this cake was for a sweet couple, Christina and Ryan.  Ryan is on our sound-tech team for the worship team I’m involved with at Glad Tidings in Victoria, BC.

They are a sweet couple and I was excited to spend some time focusing on sugar flowers for this cake topper, as well as creating this semi-naked cake with splashes of gold.  Photography by the uber-talented Rachael Alexandra.

Coconut, Brandy and Some Ombre!

Coconut, Brandy and Some Ombre!

Today’s wedding cake was covered in pink ombre buttercream ruffles and held 2 different flavours underneath all of the buttery goodness.   The bottom tier was a coconut cake with raspberry coulis and vanilla buttercream, and the top was a vanilla cake with a brandied apricot glaze.

Set in the most BEAUTIFUL outdoor location, I’m convinced that outdoor weddings are my FAVOURITE weddings !

Cake, Art and A Disappointed Little Boy

Cake, Art and A Disappointed Little Boy

I can’t draw.

Like, ACTUALLY can’t draw.

When my son was about 3 or 4 he said to me ‘Mummy, draw me a dolphin’.  ‘Oh sweetie’, I lamented, ‘Mummy doesn’t know how to draw dolphins.’ ‘Well, draw me a squirrel then.’

ummmmm huh? On what PLANET is a squirrel easier to draw than a dolphin ???????  Regardless, I couldn’t draw either and he left the room completely disappointed.

I’ve always equated being an artist, with being able to draw.  So when people would see my cakes and say things like ‘you’re such an artist’ I would always deny it and tell them I didn’t know how to draw, how could I be? etc. etc.  I’ve since come to terms with the kind of art that I produce, BUT…. I STILL can’t draw!

And to prove it to you, I’m going to show you a design I created recently.  When last weekend’s wedding couple was at my home for a cake consultation, they discussed what they wanted in their cake design and my handy-dandy cake office-closet was perfectly situated to draw out what they were explaining.

Ummmmm…. draw might be too strong of a word.  Let’s go with sketch.  Actually, sketch sounds a bit A R T S Y.  Make that SCRATCH. Below is what I SCRATCHed out for this sweet couple.

Surprisingly, the couple totally caught the vision of what I was explaining.   I’m going to assume it was DESPITE my efforts and not BECAUSE of them LOL !!!!!!

(Frankly, the fact that ANY of my ideas end up becoming real cake in the end, is a bit of a mystery!)